Happy Father’s Day!

Stay active, rest, and restore.

Physical activity is important for men at all ages.

Men are encouraged to perform exercises and physical activity daily:

  • at least 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity.
  • muscle-strengthening activities at moderate or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week
  • limit the amount of time spent being sedentary
  • multicomponent physical activity e.g., functional balance, aerobic and strength training

Prevention, Health, Wellness

Physical activity helps prevent heart disease, type II diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Cancer (lung and prostate), and stroke as well as improve mental health and wellbeing.

Men also are prone to injury including low back pain, fractures from falls and shoulder pain from lifting heavy weights.

Most of these common diseases and injury that affect men are potentially preventable.

When we buy a car, we expect to routinely change the oil, filters, rotate the tires, and fuel up regularly.

Our bodies need regular maintenance as well. Early detection of injury or disease is important to increase the likelihood of successful cure and health.

Physical activity and a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce risk of disease, improve pain, and increase overall longevity.

Don’t use the excuse ‘I’m too old’ and ongoing injuries or illness.

Any physical activity is better than no physical activity!

Strength training, aerobics and conditioning, and flexibility training can all lead to a better self. Taking time to rest and restore after physical activity helps to renew your vitality.

Start an activity program today to improve your health with an expert physical therapist.

Contact Ann at 210-833-8336.

She is an Exercise Expert in Aging Adults, Certified specialist in Vestibular rehabilitation and Specialist in Geriatric and Neurological Physical Therapy.

Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD

AHNew Physical Therapy

14418 Old Bandera Rd.

Helotes Tx 78023


February is heart month

American Heart Month, a time when you can focus on their cardiovascular and pulmonary health. The weather has been beautiful. Start today by scheduling a walk, joining one of our classes, or finding an enjoyable activity that gets you moving.

Stay healthy and take time to begin a physical activity program. Remember your heart is a muscle. It’s not too late to start moving today.

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**Yoga in Action – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:15 pm:


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**Pilates – Wednesdays at 1:00 pm


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HOW TO BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM Your health is important to us.

Managing your own health and wellness takes a few basic steps and most importantly now is building your immune system.

1. Get enough sleep. Sleep and immunity are closely tied.

2. Eat more whole plant foods.

3. Eat more healthy fats.

4. Eat more fermented foods or take a probiotic supplement.

5. Limit added sugars.

6. Engage in moderate exercise.

7. Stay hydrated.

8. Manage your stress levels. When I am stressed, the best remedy is exercise (for me).

Physical activity helps bring natural endorphins into your blood stream and nervous system for a mind-body connection that is natural rather than taking pain medications.

The exercise or physical activity does not need to be HIGH intensity, as studies have shown that even LOW intensity exercise is valuable to all people.


Reference: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-boost-immune-health#1.-Get-enough-sleep


Updates April Schedule 2020

In light of the current stay at home recommendations, we now are offering various opportunities for you to keep active while you are staying at home. Scroll down for class schedule and the zoom login.

1) Telehealth through Patient Direct Access to a Physical Therapist for new or existing patients. 

OR E-Visits if you are a current patient with Medicare, or if you are someone who needs immediate care (severe pain or dizziness).

If you have a question or clarification about your current program…

please call for a 15- to 30-minute Discovery Consultation session with Dr. Ann Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD.

2) Face-to-face Physical Therapy if you are Covid-19 symptom free and not at high risk. 

3) One-on-one Pilates sessions virtually with Ann (text or call for more information).

4) On-line face-to-face free virtual classes – Balance, Yoga and Pilates – please see below:

Please join us on-line (by phone or by computer) for as many activities as you can – virtually – no charge in April.


No class is too difficult ~ we are here to help you through. We look forward to seeing you! Be safe. Namaste.


*Mondays 1:00 pm: Balance in Action with Ann*

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/340140078

Meeting ID: 340 140 078

*Tuesdays 5:00 pm: Yoga with Kristen*

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/182673275

Meeting ID: 182 673 275

*Wednesdays 1:00 pm: Floor Pilates with Ann*
(note time change from 12 noon)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/545290786

Meeting ID: 545 290 786

*Thursdays 5:00 pm: Yoga with Courtney*

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/182673275

Meeting ID: 182 673 275

*Fridays 1:00 pm: Balance in Action with Ann*

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/340140078

Meeting ID: 340 140 078


Links to Join Your Zoom Virtual Class Sessions (through April*): See above. Beginning in May you may need a password – text AhnewPT@gmail.com if you have difficulties getting online.

Click the link, enter ZOOM meeting ID for the class and check your video and sound.

Best Health Always,

Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD

AHNew Physical Therapy, PLLC

210-833-8336 (cell)
210-372-1271 (fax)

MARCH is brain injury awareness month. Be safe. Wear your helmet.

Concussions can occur in both young and old!

Prevention is paramount…Safety first!

March is Brain injury awareness month! Every month should be prevention of concussion, brain injury from falls or an accident. Everyone is at risk – both young and older people.

As spring and summer approaches, we are outdoors more enjoying the great weather! Along with great weather, we are more active.

Youth: Young children, tweens, and teens are at greatest risk for concussions from direct impact sports – soccer, football, cycling. Emergency room visits have skyrocketed!

Adults: Older adults who fall are also at risk for concussions from a blow to the head and often go unnoticed! If you hit your head when you fall – this is a concussion!

It’s important whatever the age, that we check out your condition after a blow to your head and make sure that you are monitored closely following a concussion.

What are some of the signs of concussion?

  • drowsiness,
  • blurred vision,
  • unsteadiness with walking or balance, and
  • Up to 79% of people report dizziness and 56% experience balance impairment following a concussion.

After a concussion it’s important to be monitored for at least 24 hours. For a few days and weeks after the concussion you may gradually start progressing back to activity and/or sports.

Tips for return to activity or sport:

  • Remove from play or activity and REST for the day ~ both cognitive and physical exertion.
  • Seek medical help if symptoms worsen. You may need a CT or MRI.
  • Protect from additional injury
  • Neurocognitive assessment
  • Balance testing
  • Medical and/or physical therapy if recovery is incomplete after 2-3 weeks.

Call Today for a complementary Discovery Consultation visit. RSVP 210-833-8336.